Former Technical Director, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Olatunde Disu has advised the Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr to scout for a natural left winger if they want to perform well at the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON 2019 in Egypt.
Olatunde Disu disclosed this on Monday while reflecting on the chances of the Super Eagles at the tournament.
However, many pundits and bookmakers have tagged the Nigeria group an easy one but the former NFF technical director insisted that the Eagles needed an infusion of natural left footers to effectively contribute to the attacking lineups.
“The team is presently doing well and with what is on the ground as my own assessment, the team equally needs the services of natural left footers to join the attack.
“Tracing back to history when the team was dominant on the continent, we have natural left-footers who were always joining the attackers to score goals.
“In 1980, we have Adokiye Amiesimaka, who is very good with his left foot and Segun Odegbami on the right, in 1994 the team had Emmanuel Amuneke and in 2013 Victor Moses.
“The team still needs the services of natural left footers because this will give them an edge over other teams though the team is in a relatively easy group now.
“The coach needs to search for natural left footers that can effectively assist the attackers since we have yet to have a playmaker at the centre now,’’ he said.
Disu said that the Eagles still have the chance of lifting the tournament for the fourth time, adding that the oppositions were not much for the team.
“With the present form of the team, I am optimistic that the team can still go ahead and win the competition because there are not too many oppositions to them now.
“The opposition from the West African countries is not much for now because they are not in form. Countries like Ghana and Ivory Coast or Cameroon are not in the form right now.
“The only strong opposition, according to my knowledge, is Senegal and from North Africa, Egypt, and Tunisia, I don’t think we should not beat Algeria if we meet again.
“I fancy the team to win the tournament if the right things are done, especially in the area of the natural left footers though they are scarce nowadays, we can still get one,’’ he said.
The tournament will hold from June 21 to July 19, 2019, and will see the Eagles making their 17th appearance in the competition having first qualified in 1963 held in Ghana.